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Senate Recap: SAC renaming, hand-sanitizing stations, freshman forgiveness rule

Student Government’s (SG) Senate is winding down on long-term projects and beginning applications for new positions.

  • Ralph Cabrera, a candidate running to be the mayor of Coral Gables, spoke about improvements he intends on making to campus if elected. The former commissioner plans on improving safety on San Amaro Drive by illuminating the cross walk and signs whenever a pedestrian is approaching so a car knows to slow down. To bring more students to the downtown area of Coral Gables, Cabrera wants to have a program where students can rent bicycles. Stations will be put in Venetian Pool, the Biltmore Hotel, City Hall, and the downtown area; a bicycle lane will be created to connect campus to the downtown area. Cabrera also wants to improve student’s relationship with local government.
  • Academic Affairs is still working on improving veteran’s transferring of credits and is almost done with its Fibs & Facts about campus myths. They are also getting approval to extend the freshman forgiveness rule to all four years of college, not just one semester.
  • It is still Find Your Senator week, where students can find their senators, take selfies, and post it on Facebook or Instagram with the hasthag #FindYourSenator. A maximum of three entries can be posted; each entry gives students a chance to enter a raffle for Beats Headphones, an Amazon Fire TV Stick or a gift card.
  • University Affairs will be talking to administrators to implement more hand-sanitizing stations around campus.
  • Category 5 E-Board and Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC) applications will be open on Monday on OrgSync.
  • Earth Week will take place from April 13-17, and students can get shirts, prizes and food.
  • There will be a mental health forum from 7 – 9 p.m. on April 7 in the SAC Ballroom East.
  • The SAC will be renamed on April 30, and two people from each sport on campus will be representing.
  • A student-athlete talent show on April 20 will be free for students, but donations will be given to the Boys & Girls Club.
  • A vigil will be held for Aurora Ephraim Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Knights Physics building.
  • Various students were ratified as a chairperson of different SG branches:
    • Aqeel Khanani is ratified as the Elections Commission Chairperson
    • Nick Kaleel is ratified as the Category 5 Chairperson
    • Alexandra Hussey is ratified as the Supreme Court Chief Justice
    • Nika Hosseini is ratified as the ECO Agency Chairperson
    • Lindsey Slavin is ratified as the ECO Agency Vice Chairperson
  • Thursday, March 26 marks the one-year anniversary of Melissa Ribeiro, a freshman and Delta Phi Epsilon sister who passed away last year after a sudden illness. The Delta Phi Epsilon will be open from 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • Pier 21 will be hosting an alternative to Ultra: Mega. There will be giveaways, make-your-own tutus and food from 9 – 12 p.m. on Friday, March 27 on the Hecht-Stanford bridge.
  • Veterans Student Organization (VSO) is having its annual Sweat With Vets event, in which students can work out with the organization to raise money for homeless veterans. In partnership with the Butler Center for Service and Leadership, the workouts will be from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7 on the Intramural Fields.
  • A new organization, Global Sigma, will have its first general body meeting to send refurbished computers to underdeveloped countries, such as Haiti and Bangladesh. There will be food provided at 8:15 p.m. on Friday in the SAC Activities Ballroom.
March 25, 2015


Alina Zerpa

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